Current World Rowing champions Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy effortlessly advanced to the quarter-finals of the lightweight men’s double sculls in Belgrade. The duo, aiming for a third consecutive world title after their victories in 2019 and 2022, comfortably won their heat with a lead of over four seconds.
Clocking a time of 6:15.40, they ranked fourth-fastest among Sunday morning’s five heats. New Zealand secured second place in 6:19.65, while Ukraine (6:27.67) and Estonia (6:30.98) also progressed to the quarter-finals directly.
Meanwhile, their Skibbereen clubmate Jake McCarthy secured a spot in the repechage of the lightweight men’s single sculls after finishing fifth in his heat with a time of 7:09.73. Siobhán McCrohan earned her place in the A/B semi-finals of the lightweight women’s single sculls by finishing second in her heat with a time of 7:39.53.
Additionally, Ross Corrigan and Nathan Timoney progressed comfortably to the men’s pair quarter-finals as heat runners-up with a time of 6:21.04. Daire Lynch and Philip Doyle also secured a spot in the men’s double sculls quarter-finals by finishing second in their heat with a time of 6:12.77.